Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 4,072
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 554 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that does not fade fast
S-tart pear and banana smell with a good spice aroma in there
T-more like a grapefruit with a bitter hop aftertaste that has a spice kick that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-great beer that had many things going on at the same time

Photo of Kuaff
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter at cellar temperature, as is proper, duh.

Now that's just absurd. When I pour this stuff, the massive four-finger head of white fluff forms so fast that it fills my snifter more than any actual liquid does! Once it died down a bit and I began the second pour that was necessary to get a decent amount of beer in my glass, the head then proceeded to build into a hill rising above the rim of the glass. Huh. The beer itself is a fairly dark golden-orange.

In the aroma I get more hops than I usually expect out of Belgian things. There are a whole lotta enticing hops and bread to smell here. Definitely some citrus as well, and maybe even a bit of sweet mango or melon. Lovely.

It tastes like tart green apples and lemons at first, moving on to become increasingly hoppy and bready in the finish. The hoppiness here isn't as bitter as an IPA, but it does keep this from being as sweet as other tripels. While it's malty as expected, it really does have a pretty strong, slightly resinous hop flavor. Tasty!

The carbonation is high, but the effervescence doesn't harass the tongue. Somehow good Belgian beers can do this...

A teriffic tripel.

Photo of Takahiro
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light golden, with very thick foamy head that lasts a while
S: banana, cloves, vanilla, faint alcohol
T: some hop bitterness, melding with alcohol, creamy and rounded malt, alcohol warmth that is noticeable longer after few sips
M: silky smoothness, no husky malt, dry finish
O: great beer. i should have cooled a bit more

Photo of BWED
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Golden blonde, with a thick and dense white head. Sticky lacing all the way down. Gorgeous.

S- Peach and citrus, some biscuit malt, spice, and that signature indescribable Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Very sharp burst of malt sweetness all around. Not too sweet, however, and not too fruity either. Very well balanced, with a dull bitterness throughout.

M- Slight fizz, and a bit of a bitter finish. Pleasing.

O- I really love the tripels that aren't too focused on being sweet. This one is very great.

Photo of ZagZagg
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle Poured into a Westmalle goblet

A: An excellent golden hue with plenty of visible carbonation, not a considerable head with little lacing. Only remotely opaque, but not completely translucent, bit of a haze

S: Yeasty notes combined with a pungent malty punch some citrus blend with a bit of a spicy loveliness.

T: Develops quickly with an initial bitterness that fades to a subtle sweetness. Complicated but not over the top. Strong potent flavor for a tripel, aggressive spice with a lingering honey warmth departs with a nice alcohol after taste

M: Light body, mouth filling with the tingling of the carbonation. Watery and smooth, rests on the tongue nicely

O: Not exactly a beer you can really put down, not something I would recommend for ‘game day’; but a powerful and delectable tasting beer with ABV to boot. It is obvious that this beer was brewed with intense dedication. Anyone seeking a rewarding tripel will be more than impressed.

Photo of RandomExile
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy, light amber or pale gold depending on lighting, full light head, vanishes in just a few minutes, little persistent lacing
S: Sharp, yeast, orange
T: Slightly sweet, astringent, tangy, alcohol, yeasty, orange, herbal
M: Mild bite, medium-bodied, slightly dry finish
O: Significantly more "chemically" than I expect from a Trappist ale. Ok, but with a strange taste.

750mL / $14.99

Photo of itsscience
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

The beer has an opaque orange color with visible carbonation. The aroma was quite strong with big biscuity malt smells and yeasty funk. Tasting it, I again got the huge biscuit notes, which were balanced with slight yeast bitterness. I tasted spice, grass, and a bit of banana to add the slightest touch of sweetness in an overall dry beer. Goes down effervescent and crisp.

Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, biscuit malt, pears and spices. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Spices, biscuit malt, yeast, leafy, herbal hops and fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, spicy, dry and warming. Wonderful Tripel.

Photo of TomSchuwer
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, golden color and a thick white head

S: Malty, banana and yeasty

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Banana, sweet malt, honey and apricots. Afterwards you're rewarded with a nice alcohol warmth

M: creamy with fairly high carbonation

O: One of my favorites, best triple I've had (second best is achel blond:))

Photo of TheDoctor
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a cloudy yellowish brown (the color of a wit beer with some dirt in it) with an enormous fluffy beige head that sticks around tenaciously. Great retention; great lacing.

S:
Boozy, almost winey with the strong floral, yeast and vaguely citrus aromas that one would expect from a Belgian Tripel.

T:
Wow. Big, bold and boozy. Clover, honey, fresh-baked bread and a lingering sweetness that hangs in your nose a bit that almost reminds me of licorice.

M:
Effervescent and smooth. Medium body with a slow burning, rum-like finish.

O:
Really good tripel. It is a bit on the winey side for what I would ordinarily drink, but--being Belgian--it doesn't come off like a slap in the face. The presentation is about perfect. The smell hints at what's to come but doesn't spoil the surprise. The taste is sublime but is different from most tripels that I have had. All-in-all it is a worthy beer which I would have again and is very much worth finding.

Photo of Wobbly
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

The best tripel in the world. Period.

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden colour with a good ~3" of vaguely off-white head. Long retention. Spectacular lacing; as the glass empties, craggy peaks of foam form.

S: Alcohol up front, but not unpleasant. Apples. Bananas. Sweet malts.

T: Balanced alcohol presence. Borderline-ripe pear. Apples. Peppery spiciness. Hoppy bitterness at the end with a nice dry finish...makes me want more.

M: Medium-light body. Lots of carbonation (although, again, not unpleasant). Smooth. The gassiness on the tongue makes the beer seem lighter than it is.

O: My first Tripel...and I really enjoyed this beer. Although you can tell there is alcohol in both the taste and on the nose this feels sessionable to me (definitely shouldn't session it though). Maybe not the best Tripel to start off on if you're new to the style but it worked for me! I felt like I was having fun drinking this beer; the fluffy appearance, the boozy and spicy tastes, and the bubbly-but-smooth feeling as it went down. Must try it if given the chance!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with lots of carbonation. The head - at one finger high, with a barely off-white shade - features excellent retention, a frothy texture, and great lacing.

S: Wow, this smells like a fantastic pilsner...except it's an ale...and it's 9.5%...and it's a year old. Aside from the surprisingly sturdy level of noble hopping, it also has a wonderful black pepper tone. There isn't much in the way of fruity esters, though - maybe there's a wisp of white grape here and there. Like many trappist ales, it's hard to really fathom why it works...and yet, it works so damn brilliantly.

T: It opens up with some notes of apple skin and white grape, while the finish is peppery and slightly hoppy. Occasionally a touch of cherry will appear. While I think the flavors are damn good, there's a reason that's all I wrote about the flavor profile...because it lacks some complexity. It's not dead simple though - and it definitely improves while sitting in the glass - but you don't get the typical twists and turns you do with, say, Rochefort 10.

M: The feel is heavy yet fizzy. And like a good tripel, there's nothing to suggest it's 9.5%. Given the fact that it's dry as shit and very well attenuated, this goes down with ridiculous ease.

O: I kind of wanted more depth, but as a means of creating an easy drinker without much palpable booze, it's a roaring success. I think the fact that I'm not a huge tripel fan has something to do with me not giving this some score well over 4+ (like I'm wont to do with anything made by monks in Belgium). I'd also love to compare it side-by-side with La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of haschauer
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Nice two finger head. Hazy golden in color. Little head retention, good lacing.

S- Mild wheat smell, some fruitiness as well.

T- Good malt balance, no hop flavor coming through for me. I get wheat and some fruitness with the taste as well.

M- Great mouthfeel, smooth not overly carbonated but still very good.

O- Great beer. I would drink again but I think I was expecting a little more considering the hype.

Photo of scotorum
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter

a: Hazy gold with a finger plus white head which dissipated to moderate surface foam and periodic slabs of lacing.

s: Fragrant floral.

t: A very pleasing sweet floral blend accompanied by some bitterness, followed by a clean finish, after which the floral flavor returns in the throat as you exhale. Really amazing.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and a little silky.

o: A strong floral nose and flavor makes this stand out, like drinking peonies or roses.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Reviewed live.

A- Beautiful head is about two inches thick. Beer is golden peach colored.

S- Mostly strong wheat notes, mild citrus hints. Somewhat subdued.

T- Wheaty, pear and other fruit notes, some citrus, and a mild hint of booze at the back end. Nothing overbearing.

M- Smoothy, creamy, slight carbonation.

O- Enjoyable and quite easy-drinking. Perhaps underwhelming considering the big expectations, but still a very good beer. The subdued nose surprised me, as I was expecting to get more fruity notes. This didn't entirely affect the taste, as plenty of flavor emerges. I'd certainly drink again, especially as the $6 price tag was reasonable.

Photo of mrchrisray
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very earthy smell highlighting Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops. In picking up some other subtle fruit notes and a touch of spice, maybe banana, apple, pear, and some cloves or peppercorns. Quite an inviting looking beer. The color is a pale yellow with very active carbonation.
It tastes a lot like it smells with, for me, the pepper and/or cloves coming to forefront on the palate. It has a very light and airy mouthfeel with some nice bubble fuzz. Leaves my mouth with a doughy sort of after taste. This is a quality brew. I'd love to get a few more and experiment with some cellar aging

Photo of Murrhey
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with massive bubbles and extremely active carbonation. Like a living creature it built itself up then settled down to smaller bubbles on a hazy orange-gold head.

S- Strong Belgian yeasts and Euro-style hops that add a citrusy, earthy tang. Some elements of a European Hefeweizen as well, banana and citrus are the two biggest notes. Yeasty and spicy as well. Peppercorns maybe? Complex, interesting beer.

T- Yeast returns, but hops and banana/clove combination takes over. Slightly alcoholic, but hidden well behind the fragrant and citrusy flavor of the beer.

M- Slightly vinous, with a medium bodied, alcoholic feel.

O- Wonderful beer. I'm starting to enjoy tripels more and more.

Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Amber, hazy, small head that disappeared quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Phenol, fairly hoppy.

T: Clove, hoppy bitterness, some banana, bitter finish, slight boozy burn.

M: Smoothish, heavy thick texture, moderate carbonation.

O: I've sampled a few other tripels and this didn't really stand out as being great. It hid the booze quite well but as with Westmalle Dubbel I couldn't say I was impressed.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with an outstanding malt/spiciness balance with spiciness being over malt; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible tripel as expected. All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Completely outstanding.

Photo of fizzgig
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl trappist bottle.

A: Hazy medium amber. Some head that dissipates before long, leaves a persistent ring.

S: Slightly sweet caramel or butterscotch. Malt give it a thick smell.

T: Moderate bitterness throughout, some kind of fruit like pear with some caramel.

M: Dense and malty, subdued carbonation that unlocks somewhat if you swish it around.

O: My favorite Trappist to date. I favor malty brews and this doesn't disappoint. Enough bitterness to notice without getting in the way of other flavors, a nice clean impression. I could brew a bucket of this and probably will at some point.

Photo of mikefuski17
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The westmalle has a strong aroma. It has a great color when poured with a nice golden head. The flavor was strong as well but was great. The after taste was the cause for concern. My girlfriend likened it to gasoline although I didn't mind too much. It does go straight to the sinuses and opens them up. Overall, I would recommend this beer.

Photo of deereless
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick craggy head, retention is impressive, spotty seam foam that blankets the side of the glass, vibrant yellow to gold in color – 4.50, S: Wonderfully light and floral nose with some bready yeasts and muskiness, medium sweetness mixed with black pepper – 5.00, T: Quite spicy and with noticeable candied sugar, dry and with a slight alcohol burn – 4.25, M: Quite light and airy – 4.25, D: Very drinkable Tripel, excellent example of the style - 4.50

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best before date is March 7, 2014 which is almost a year from now.

Appearance: Pours an opaque amber and leaves a couple fingers of white fluffy head that lingers around for a long time.

Smell: Sweet malt accompanied by cloves, hint of banana, slight apricot, citrus rinds.

Taste: Banana and malt upfront, cloves, some earthy tones, bread, citrus rinds. Some alcohol is present but definitely does not hurt the flavor. Very interesting and very well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. The carbonation gives the body an pleasant bubbly feel.

Overall: This is a very high quality beer, and a top-notch tripel. Extremely well balanced flavors and a nice light yet substantive body for the style. This one was one of my first favorite beers and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is a terrific gateway beer for non-craft drinkers.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 4,072 ratings.